Friday, November 21, 2008

Library/Arkansas: Fayetteville Public Library, Blair Library

Fayetteville Public Library, Blair Library Building

  • Location: Fayetteville, AR
  • Building type(s): Library
  • New construction
  • 88,800 sq. feet (8,250 sq. meters)
  • Project scope: 3-story building
  • Urban setting
  • Completed September 2004
  • Rating: U.S. Green Building Council LEED-NC, v.2/v.2.1--Level: Silver (34 Points)

Founded in 1916, the Fayetteville Public Library [] has long served the town of Fayetteville, the county seat and home to the University of Arkansas. The design for its new home, the first building in Arkansas to be registered and third to be certified through the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Rating System, developed through a series of more than 40 public meetings that resulted in a shared vision of library design and sustainable public architecture.

Leading the way for green buildings in the state, the building was also located on a site that countered the prevailing wisdom that would have it located in the suburbs, where growth was occurring. The downtown site provides convenience for library patrons and employees and an opportunity to encourage connections between the patrons, the community, and the landscape.

Environmental Aspects

The LEED-Silver library introduced the state of Arkansas to green building, which meant that the project team had to work with both state and local officials to allow some innovative building practices to go forward. Among these were a green roof, waterless urinals, underground cisterns, a construction waste recycling program, daylighting in reading rooms, and material harvesting from the site for reuse in the building.

Although the building uses several modern building practices, its design reflects the historic fabric of the town center. An undulating roof above the clerestory windows of the main reading room and the central hall of the second floor recalls the natural forms of the mountain ranges to the south. Visitors are presented with views to the natural world to consider and reflect upon during their visit, reinforcing the goal of creating a new relationship with the land.



See Also

Blair Library / New Library


Building a Sustainable Library

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Public Input Yields Greener Library Design



Gale/LJ Library of the Year 2005: Fayetteville Public Library, AR—Five Steps to Excellence


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